Partick Thistle emerged as 2-1 winners in their SPFL Development league fixture against Dundee at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park. Dundee initially went up 1-0 courtesy of a freak Ben Richards-Everton own goal on the 22nd minute. Partick Thistle, however, responded brilliantly in the second half scoring two goals in 2 minutes to turn the match on its head.
The first opportunity in the match went the way of Dundee. Craig Wighton won a free kick right next to the corner flag following a push from Partick’s David Wilson. Wighton stepped up to take the resulting kick and duly launched the ball into the penalty area. While the delivery was threatening the Partick defence managed to clear the ball with relative ease.
Three minutes later and it was Partick’s turn to go close. Jordan Leyden took possession of the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and attempted to curl the ball into the top right hand corner. Unfortunately the effort ended up being lashed high over the bar instead.
In the 22nd minute the first goal of the match came, and what a strange one it was. Dundee’s Josh Skelly took possession of the ball in the middle of the park and threaded a ball through the Partick defence aimed towards Wighton. It then became a straight race for the ball between Dundee’s attacker and Partick’s Richards-Everton with the big centre half looking the favourite. The defender did indeed reach the ball first but what happened next truly was extraordinary. In an attempt to pass a high ball back to his goalkeeper the number 5 put too much elevation on the pass. Unfortunately for Richards-Everton the ball looped high over goalie Scott Basalaj’s head and nestled in the back of the net.
Five minutes later Richards-Everton nearly made amends for his earlier error. Partick were awarded a corner and the resulting kick was delivered straight into the penalty area. The centre back had gained a yard on his marker and rose to meet the ball with his head. His effort, however, flew just wide of the post.
In the 40th minute Dundee went close to doubling their lead through Skelly. The attacker made a fine run from the right into the penalty box before unleashing a fierce shot towards goal. With the angle against him Skelly did well to fire the ball just over the crossbar.
Partick’s Chris Dillon nearly created an opportunity just before the half time whistle. The wide man drove down the left flank and supplied a dangerous low cross. Unfortunately for him the ball was well cut out by Dundee’s Greg Warwick.